Dr Matthew Simpson

Director – 35percent
President – Society of Wetland Scientists Europe
Co-Director – Cobra Collective

Dr. Matthew Simpson is a Director of 35percent, an independent wetland specialist consultancy, and has over 25 years’ experience in managing wetland-related conservation, research, assessment and management projects. Matthew is also Co-Director of the Cobra Collective, that empowers marginalised communities through participatory engagement approaches and innovative technologies.

Matthew has managed conservation, research, management and capacity building projects in Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and North America.

He is currently the President of the Society of Wetland Scientists Europe, an accredited Professional Wetland Scientist and recent President of the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Accreditation Program. He is a committee member of the Constructed Wetland Association, is an observer on the Scientific & Technical Review Panel for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, is a member of the Ramsar Wetland City Accreditation Independent Advisory Committee and is a member of the International Association for Ecology’s Working Group on Wetlands.


GEO BON and FWBON, 2022. Inland Waters in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Simpson, M contributing author. https://geobon.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/InlandWaters_Brief.pdf

Finlayson, C.M., Davies, G.T., Pritchard, D.E., Davidson, N.C., Fennessy, M.S., Simpson, M. and W. R. Moomaw (2022) Reframing the human-wetlands relationship through a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Wetlands. Marine and Freshwater Research. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF21045

Convention on Wetlands. (2021). Global Wetland Outlook: Special Edition 2021. Gland, Switzerland: Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands. Simpson, M Contributing author. https://www.global-wetland-outlook.ramsar.org/report-1

Ramsar Regional Center - East Asia (2021) Wetland Management Planning. M. Simpson - Lead author and editor. http://rrcea.org/wetland-management-planning/?ckattempt=1

WWT Consulting (2018) Good Practices Handbook for Integrating Urban Development and Wetland Conservation. Slimbridge, United Kingdom. M. Simpson - Lead author and editor. https://www.ramsar.org/news/good-practices-handbook-integrating-urban-development-and-wetland-conservation

Project COBRA Consortium (2014) How to find and share community owned solutions - A Handbook. M. Simpson - Contributor and editor. https://cobracollective.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/PH_Web_v2.3.pdf

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